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Botham becomes the fastest man to 1000 runs and 100 wickets
Make mine a double, said Beefy. On the first day of The Oval Test against India, Ian Botham scored his 1000th run in Tests to go with his 100 wickets. It was his 21st Test, making him the fastest to the double. He broke the record of India's Vinoo Mankad, who got there in his 23rd. Botham went on to become the second player (Garry Sobers was the first) to do the Test triple of 1000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches.
Whenever he reached 100, Jack Hobbs felt his job as an opener was done. Really big hundreds didn't interest him. Except on this day. Batting for Surrey v Middlesex, the great man made 316 not out, the highest score of his career and the highest in a first-class match at Lord's until Graham Gooch hit 333 against India in 1990. Surrey declared at 579 for 5 and won by an innings. Hobbs was the only batsman to score 60,000 first-class runs. You can only imagine what his total might have been if he'd had, say, Don Bradman's appetite for gargantuan scores.
Set a target of 365 by Sri Lanka in Moratuwa, South Africa were saved from defeat by Jonty Rhodes' maiden Test century, an unbeaten 101. Clive Eksteen gave Rhodes valuable support by staying 92 minutes for his four runs. Having survived, South Africa went on to win the three-match series 1-0.
The day that crowd trouble erupted in the Lord's pavilion. With the cricket world's great and good assembled to celebrate the Centenary Test, the third day's play was eagerly anticipated. But overnight rain had left two old wickets wet and spectators grew increasingly frustrated as time passed with no sign that play would be likely. As umpires David Constant and Dickie Bird returned to the pavilion for the fifth time, one MCC member snapped and grabbed Constant by the scruff of the neck. The incident was quickly diffused, and the MCC showed that it would not tolerate such behaviour, sending the offending member a stiff letter of rebuke. That showed him.
Pakistan equalled the record for most hundreds in an innings when five of their batsmen got to the landmark against Bangladesh in Multan during the Asian Test Championship. Faisal Iqbal must have kicked himself when he got out for 9, after which his team-mates, Saeed Anwar, Taufeeq Umar (on debut), Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana and Abdul Razzaq helped themselves to easy runs against a clueless attack. Pakistan completed an innings-and-264-run win inside three days.
Only seven bowlers have done the hat-trick twice in the same first-class match. One of them did it today, the last day of Worcestershire's home win over Surrey. Worcester's England legspinner Roly Jenkins took three hat-tricks in his career: these two and another one against Surrey the previous year.
Birth of slow left-armer Pervez Sajjad, who took 59 economical wickets (at 23.89) in his 19 Tests for Pakistan. He collected five in an innings three times, always against New Zealand. In Auckland in 1964-65 he finished with 5 for 42. In the 1969-70 series his 22 wickets came at only 15.63, including 5 for 33 in Karachi and his Test-best 7 for 74 in Lahore.
England ended their record run of 18 Tests without a win by beating Sri Lanka in a one-off match at Lord's - but it was scant compensation for having lost 0-4 to West Indies earlier in the summer.
On the last day of the Oval Test, with the Ashes now regained by England, Mick Malone scored 46 to round off an impressive debut. The previous day his medium pace and stamina had brought him figures of 5 for 63 in 47 overs. He is one of just seven players to take five wickets in an innings of their only Test.
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